Blown Glass Radiometer

Geeky and lovely, Thomas von Koch's hand-blown version of an 1873 invention spins when light shines on it.
created by

Thomas von Koch

$108.00

created by

Thomas von Koch

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The Art of Science

Like so many scientific discoveries, the radiometeróalso known as the "light mill" because of how light makes the vanes spinówas invented more or less by accident. In 1873, while measuring minute amounts of substances, chemist Sir William Crookes noticed that sunlight disturbed the accuracy of his data. Investigating this effect, he invented this fascinating and geekily beautiful device, which makes the conversion of light into kinetic energy look mad cool. This particular radiometer, hand-blown by glass artist Thomas von Koch with a black and white spiral in its stem, also happens to be beautiful. A unique office gift, its mezmerizing spin just might prompt your own next great idea. Handmade in Pennsylvania.

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Made in Pennsylvania

Thomas van Koch grew up in Germany, spending summers exploring the Austrian countryside. When he got older, he opened his own glass art studio. His first pieces were fairly simple everyday items like candle holders and vases. But eventually, he came back to his childhood experiences in Austria, experimenting with more complex pieces inspired by nature. Today, Thomas and his team have relocated to Pennsylvania where they continue to spend time outdoors and create nature-inspired designs.

Handmade Made in the USA
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glass
Measurements
8.25" H x 3.15" dia.
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Item ID
48600

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